Calendar of Events


 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to or mail your submission to Show Me The Ozarks, 18724 Hwy 59, Neosho, MO 64850. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event. 

Franklin, KS

January 5: Chillin’ Out 5K Run/Walk and 2K Walk, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway, 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

Tuesdays: Trivia Night at The Jolly Fox Brewery, 6:30 pm, 301 S. Broadway St.

Wednesdays: Trivia Night at Drop the H Brewing Company, 7 pm, 107 E. Rose St. 

Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Country Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar, 134 S. US-69.

December 31: Bill and Monica’s Excellent Adventure, 9 pm, The Pitt, 516 N. 5th St.

December 31: Dueling Pianos, 9 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 US-69.

December 31: The Bonnie Situation, 10 pm, TJ Lelands, 108 W. 6th St.

January 7: Rage is My Rival, plus Tetrafuze and The Coventry Sacrifice, 8 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar, 134 S. US-69.

January 7: Kids & Co. Walk & Know, 9 am, PSU Plaster Center, 1701 S. Homer. 620.231.8310.

January 20: American Idol Winner Chayce Beckham, then Kolton Moore & The Clever Few, 9 pm, The Pitt, 516 N. Broadway.

January 28: Solo & Chamber Music Series: Benjamin Appl Concert, 7:30 pm, McCray Hall on PSU campus, 200 E. Lindburg St.

January 29: Albers Marine Fishing & Hunting Show, 9 am-7 pm, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine St.

January 29: 2-Year Anniversary Celebration with Kaleb McIntire Band, 9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar, 134 S. US-69.

January 30: Albers Marine Boating & Outdoors Show, 9 am-3pm, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine St.

February 4: Kids & Co. Walk & Know, 9 am, PSU Plaster Center, 1701 S. Homer. 620.231.8310.

February 4: Future Stars, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer St.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration, 3-5:30 pm. Free. Join Gallery artists Pat Glick and Laura Wright every Tuesday afternoon to explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.

January 22: New Artist: Michael Cessna. I’m a passionate photographer, artist, creator, writer and poet. Like most artistic individuals, I’m an incredibly visual person and have always had an eye for beauty, whether natural or created. Using my openness and empathy, I’m always striving to capture and express an idea, message or emotion through my works. The primary goal of my works is to express the ideas of friendship, romance and love. 

January –  New Artist: Rolanda Root. Growing up on a farm in rural Iowa, I have always felt a close attachment to nature and the earth. 2-D art is my main focus; however, I do like to dabble in anything art related. I love to learn and create, especially if the topic is art related. Over the years, I have created with pastel, oil, acrylic, encaustic, felting and mixed media. I have created many landscapes with pastel, oil and acrylic. I recently started to work with leaves and paper dyeing. Creating my first dye pot was an experience. Whether it was mordanting paper, or adding bark, dried leaves and iron to water and bringing to a boil, the process felt like alchemy. With the art I create, I want the viewer to feel an appreciation for our world and peace that is felt through nature.

Tuesdays: Weekly Beginning Painting Instruction. Artists: Laura Wright and Pat Glick, 3:30-5:30 pm. Join Pat and Laura for beginning painting instruction. Materials and supplies provided. For a nominal fee of $15 for each session, you will learn basic brush strokes, shading, blending and more. Workshop fee: $15 per session, payable at time of registration each week to reserve a spot. Ages: 11 and older. 

Sundays: Beginning Stained Glass. Artist: Dianne Miller, 1-4 pm. 12-15 hour course is for the beginning stained glass art student or for someone who wishes to improve stained glass skills. You will learn to score, break, groze, grind, copper foil and solder your creation. You will take home a completed stained glass panel (approximately 8” x 10”) you will be proud to display.   An emphasis will be placed on glass considerations for different patterns, glass-cutting techniques and the steps to assemble a Tiffany-style glass panel. No experience is necessary. All tools, glass and supplies provided by the Gallery and instructor. Protective eyewear required. Regular eyeglasses are sufficient. Please do not wear open-toed shoes when working with glass. Class is limited to six participants to allow for social distancing. Face masks are optional in the Gallery. Attending each session is required to complete the project. $150 per person, payable at time of registration. Class size: 6. Ages: 16 and older.

January 15: Ceramic Cups. Artist: Daria Claiborne, 2-4 pm. We will work with slabs to create wonderful, usable cups. All supplies are provided. $40 for two cups; each additional cup $15, payable at registration. Class size: 8. Ages: 14 and older.

January 22: Fun with Bookmarks. Artist: Mike Cessna, 2-4 pm. Create as many bookmarks using watercolor, oil pastels, tassels and genuine 23.75 karat gold leaf as you can in a 2.5-hour period using an 11 x 14 piece of Arches watercolor paper. Students will be sent home with a bonus tin of handmade watercolor with watercolor pans of iron oxide yellow, iron oxide red and ultramarine blue. Workshop fee: $30, payable at time of registration. Class size: 6. Age limit: Adult.

January 29: Paint Your Pet! A Paint & Sip Experience. Artist: Nicole Meyer-Foresman, 5-7 pm. Who wouldn’t want a custom one-of-a-kind portrait of your best friend to hang on your wall? In this workshop, you will create a 16”x20” pop art style pet portrait inspired by George Rodrique. No painting experience necessary! Simply email the instructor ( a good photo of your pet after paying for your spot in the class, and a sketch will be prepared for you. Anyone over 21 is invited to bring your own beverage. $50, payable at registration. Class size limited to eight, masks optional.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickleball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday: 3-6 pm. 

January 1: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8 am-12 pm, CJ Community Center. Carl Junction Lions Club monthly breakfast featuring Mrs. Claus! Cost: Adults, $6; children under 6, $3. Call 417.439.7724.

Carthage, MO

January 1: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609. 

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

January 2: New Year Boundary Trail Hike, 9-11 am. Join a ranger on this moderate 3-mile boundary path hike with a 1.5-mile option available. This hike offers a chance to start the new year off on the right foot by exercising in nature. Please wear sturdy hiking boots for wet areas and uneven terrain.  

January 8 & 9: Archaeological Investigations, 1 pm. Have you ever discovered an unknown object in your backyard? Over the years, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts at the park. Join us at George Washington Carver’s birthplace site and learn about some museum items found at this site during archaeological digs.  

January 15 & 16: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1 pm. Teacher? Mentor? Friend? Regardless of his roles, George Washington Carver had a knack for inspiring others. Learn more about his influence on his students both at Tuskegee Institute and on his speaking tours at white colleges and universities, which encouraged racial understanding and cooperation. 

January 22 & 23: Who Was George Washington Carver, 1 pm. World-renowned scientist, passionate educator and dedicated mentor. George Washington Carver was all of these and so much more. Join a ranger to discover more about this visionary. 

January 29 & 30: George Washington Carver: Man of Great Faith, 1 pm. Did you know George had his first religious experiences, including his first prayer, right here on the Moses Carver farm? Hear how he learned to listen to ‘the Great Creator’ when studying nature, science and in the stillness of his early morning walks. 

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Curbside ordering is also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 pm until Thursday at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday. More information: 

January 15: Vita Nova Village Chili & Pie Cook-off Fundraiser, all day, Joplin Greenhouse and Coffee Shop. Entries: Free; tasting: adults $10, children $5, includes chili, pie and a drink. All proceeds to benefit Vita Nova Village (tiny home village for the homeless). For more information, email

January 25: Joplin Area Welcome Club, 11 am, OGAR realtor building on 7th and Florida streets. Local authors Margarite Stever and Larry Wood will talk about their books and the writing process.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

January 8: Children’s Christmas Bird Count, Shoal Creek Education Cottage, 10 am. Join the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ozark Gateway Audubon Society and the Wildcat Glades Friends Group for a morning of bird education followed by a hike to count the birds we see. To register or for more information, contact the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at 417.629.3434.

January 8: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 11:15 am, $10 fee to attend, for ages 16 and up. Free class, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email 

January 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 am, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help kids stretch out and enjoy nature in the park. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email 

January 22: Prints and Poop free class nature explorers (ages 7-12), 11am, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Have you ever been out on a walk and come across a track or maybe some scat? Who left it there? How can we tell who has been here? Join us to learn about the things animals leave behind. There is a lot to be said about an animal’s footprint, or even its poop. We will meet inside the education cottage for a short portion of the class, then we will take a hike to explore the prints and poop on the wildcat trail. To register, visit our Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 to leave a message or email

January 26 & 29: Snowy Owls, 10-11 am, January 29, 1-2 pm. Free class: Preschool connections at the Wildcat Education Cottage. What is that white thing in the middle of the field? A snowy owl has come to look for food. We will learn all about where they come from and why they are here. Enjoy the story, a song and a craft. To register, please visit our Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 or email

NE Oklahoma

Lorrie Morgan at The Coleman Theatre

January 27, 7:30-10 pm

103 N. Main, Miami The Coleman Theatre is pleased to present for the first time on our stage, country star Lorrie Morgan. Lorrie inked her first recording contract in 1988. As an RCA recording artist, and later on the roster of BNA, Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, “Five Minutes,” “Something in Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part of No,” to establish her place as a bright and shining country star—a modern woman making country music history.


Civication @ Home: NE-A, 

January 24, 6 pm 

Pizza Hut, 830 E. Illinois Ave., Vinita

Civication is an exciting opportunity for OEA members to connect with state lawmakers and make a difference in Oklahoma public education. OEA board members are hosting zone meetings across Oklahoma to help OEA members prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Dinner is free, and registration is not required. All OEA members are welcome. 


New Year’s Eve @ Indigo Sky Presents Paralandra!

December 31, 9 pm-1 am, Wyandotte

WE’RE BACK! So excited to ring in 2022 at Indigo Sky Casino, home of so many great memories! We would be so thrilled and honored to have you there with us for this amazing show we have planned for you! 


Grove Area Creative Alliance

January 25, noon

St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Grove 

Elevate, Enrich and Engage Creative Efforts in the Grove Area.  

Cultural Events

Carthage, MO

Through January 1: Hometown Holidays. Join Vision Carthage in celebrating the holidays! Enjoy a variety of attractions and activities over the course of 37 days, including many arts and cultural offerings. For a full list of activities or for ticket information, visit More information: Abi Almandinger,, 417.793.6589.

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Joplin, MO

Dream Theatre Co.- Studio 124, 124 S. Main St.

January 3 & 4: Sarah Plain and Tall Auditions, 7 pm. Audition to be a part of Stained Glass Theatre Joplin’s next show, Sarah Plain and Tall! Set in the early 1900s, this play brings to life the charming, heartwarming story of a Kansas farmer, Jacob Witting, a widower with two children, Anna and Caleb, who places an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife. He receives a letter from a Sarah Wheaton of Maine who says she will visit the family for a month to see how things work out. Narrated by Anna, the story unfolds in a fascinating flashback on the exciting, sometimes tumultuous month when Sarah and the Wittings came to know one another while learning a few things about themselves. Performance runs February 17-20 and 24-27. Free. More information: Becki Arnall,, 417.622.6470.

January 17 & 18: Chicago Auditions, 7 pm. In 1920s Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap. . . until he realizes he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal. Auditions will consist of singing, choreography and cold reading. Performers are asked to dress for dance auditions and bring a one-minute cut of a song that demonstrates their vocal abilities. Performance runs March 17-19 and 24-26. Free. More information: Becki Arnall,, 417.622.6470.


January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. More information: Dakoda Potter,, 417.540.9186.

January 13: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Information:, 417.691.0480.

January 22: 3rd Annual Empire Market Chili Cookoff, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Back by popular demand, the Joplin Empire Market’s Chili Cookoff will return January 22! Put your favorite recipe to the test or come taste all the delicious chili dishes and vote for your favorite. Judging begins at 10:30 am and public tasting starts at 11 am. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as People’s Choice. Admission fees grant access to taste all chili and vote in People’s Choice. Prepay the admission fee at or pay at the door. Cost: $5. More information: Ivy Hagedorn,, 417.986.3914.

January 27: The Whole Story: A Decolonial Cross-Cultural Day Institute, noon-5:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd. The Whole Story is an annual conference that focuses on promoting inclusion at Missouri Southern State University and addressing difficult topics surrounding diversity in higher education. Each year, scholars kick off the conference with plenaries that focus on experiences and literature of black, indigenous or people of color, prompting discussion and several short, hands-on sessions. Registration opens at noon with plenary address scheduled for 12:30 pm. Breakout sessions will follow at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm, with the closing session rounding out the conference at 5 pm. Donations support the conference as well as a scholarship for BIPOC students. Suggested donation: $10. More information: Dr. Rebecca Mouser,, 417.625.9756.


January 1-30: Finally by Gary Schiefelbein, Club 609, 609 S. Main St. Good food and great art – what more could you ask for? See a variety of nature-themed pieces by local artist Gary Schiefelbein and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Stacey Stotts, 417.529.9612.

Through January 12: The Impossible Journey by MSSU Department of Art & Design students and staff at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. After two different trips to Japan were cancelled due to the pandemic, Missouri Southern State University art students and faculty eventually traveled to study historical and contemporary Japanese art and crafts. Japan has a singular fine craft history dating back to 10,000 B.C., which can be classified into seven major types: textiles, pottery and ceramics, lacquerware, metalworking, doll-making woodworking, and papermaking. Many of the original techniques came to Japan from elsewhere (especially China and Korea) but then evolved and were refined in Japan in such a way that the altered techniques went on to have great influence over other cultures. The objects created for this exhibition are a response to these enduring traditions and a reminder that Japan’s influence is still ongoing. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Themed Semester. Free. Information:, 417.625.9563.

Through January 31: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library, 1901 E. 20th St. In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021 Post Art Library sponsored Mail-Art Take-Home Kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Kits for adults may be picked up at the Reference Desk; kits for teens may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kits for children may be picked up in the Children’s Department. For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953 x1041.


Create N Sip, 223 W. 3rd Street: 

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits. Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! Information:, 417.680.5434.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. Information:, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. Information:, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Stay up to three hours of painting time. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $20.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10 am-2 pm. Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will use watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign up required; you can sign up at Local Color during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. Information:, 417.623.3727.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11 am-4:30 pm. Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils and micron inks with artist Roxenne Kendall during one- to two-hour private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Roxenne at Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information: Roxenne Kendall,, 573.397.1940.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson,, 417.553.0835.

Third Fridays: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall (ages 10+), 6-8:30 pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or texting 573.397.1940. All supplies included. Cost: $35. Information:, 573.397.1940.

January 13: Vino & Van Gogh, 6-8:30 pm. Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an Impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint Monet’s Sunset Over The Seine, Monet’s Red Houses at Bjornegaard In The Snow, Norway, or a seasonal piece titled Snowman. You can also bring your own reference photo to paint! All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to reserve your spot. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to 10 participants; social distancing practices will be used, and masks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.

January 15: Family Fun Painting Class (ages 8+), 10:30 am-1 pm. Looking to unleash your inner artist? Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Monet’s Sunset Over The Seine, Monet’s Red Houses at Bjornegaard In The Snow, Norway, or a seasonal piece titled Snowman. You can also bring your own seasonal reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to sign up. Cost: $30. More information: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.

January 15: Fused Glass Snowflake Class with Jane McCaulley (ages 8+), 4-6 pm. Join professional glass artist Jane McCaulley to learn how to work with glass to create a beautiful, fused glass snowflake to hang in your window!. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Registration required; register in person at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, over the phone at 417.553.0835, or text Jane at 417.540.9428. Cost: $35. More information: Jane McCaulley,, 417.540.9428.

Spiva Center for the Arts Galleries and Gift Shop Hours: 222 W. 3rd St, 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register at and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.

Recurring Classes:

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door., 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free. Information:, 417.623.0183.

Fridays: Spiva Art Class at The ROCC, 10-11 am, 1402 S. Main St. The Recovery Outreach Community Center (ROCC), a community center that provides peer recovery support services, is partnering with Spiva Center for the Arts for weekly art classes. Join them every Friday to express yourself, regardless of your artistic abilities. All ages welcome. Free. Information:, 417.623.0183.

Health Events

Galena, KS

January 4: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss. 

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

January 11: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

January 13: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS    

January 26: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

January 11: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

January 12 & 26: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

January 4: Ozark Center Evening Autism Support Group, 6-7 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services provided first-come, first-served. Call 417.347.7850 to reserve a spot.

January 11: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery. Contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

January 12: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

January 18: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

January 18: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am Tuesday, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Hear a presentation from a Freeman provider. Blood pressure checks offered. Please call 417.347.5837 and leave your name and number to RSVP.

January 18: Ozark Center Daytime Autism Support Group, 12:30-1:30 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. No respite services. Call 417.347.7850.

January 20: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10:30 am-noon, Freeman Hospital East Conference Rooms 1-3E. Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at or 417.347.8463.

January 21: Freeman Blood Drive, 9 am-5 pm, Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms 1-4W. Save a life. Donate blood. Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment, call 417.227.5006 or go to For more information, call 417.347.4603.

January 24: Freeman Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm. A virtual meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Meeting ID: 980 3704 6612 and Passcode: 048324. For more information, call 417.347.5700.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

January 24: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544. 

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

Caregivers’ Support Group: This meeting will not take place in person for the time being. However, we encourage anyone seeking support to call us, and we will be happy to visit over the phone to offer free support and resources. Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

January 8: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 9 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. A four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB as available. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

January 18 & 20: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm. Covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB when available. Meets in the NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. $15 registration fee. Fee may be waived if cost is prohibitive. Please call 417.448.3801 to register for this class.  

January 25: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure, plus this month’s screening: Body mass index.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK 

January 13: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

January 13: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

January 11 & 25: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

January 4: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 

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